by Megan Bach
Snowboarding: Surfing on the snow.
Alpine/Downhill Skiing: A type of snowsport where you go down a hill with two fancy boards attached to your feet.
Cross Country/ Skate Skiing: A style of skiing where you propel yourself across a flat snowy surface. Sometimes you go uphill, sometimes you go downhill
Freeheel: A style of skiing where the heel of your foot can come up off of the ski, you need specific equipment. Commonly used for cross country and skate skiing. In the context of downhill skiing, freeheel would be referred to as telemark.
Tele: Short for Telemark Skiing, where the participant lunges with each turn.
Breck: short for Breckenridge, a ski resort.
Skins: Strips of synthetic material that you attach to the bottom of your skis, they allow you to hike up the hill on your skis without sliding backwards
Ski Patrol: Patrol the slopes making sure people are following the rules, and they respond to accidents, treating injuries and evacuating injured parties in a toboggan.
Ski Patrol Toboggan: A high-walled metal sled, usually carrying an injured skier, that is pulled behind a Ski Patrol person as they ski to the base of the mountain as to evacuate the injured party and get them to a hospital.
Moguls: Really annoying mounds of packed snow, usually found on steeper slopes.
Glades: A dense patch of forest within the Ski area that you are allowed to ski through.
Chute: A small skiable path, on a very steep slope, between two very unstable places, usually rocks and cliffs.
Cliff: A sheer rock face that skiers jump off of.
Trees: See Glades
Rock: If you don't know this one, your dumber than a box of them.
SnowCat/Cat: The large machines that groom the snow. People sometimes get rides on them, don’t, just use the lift (unless you are riding a snowcat just for the sake of riding a snowcat).
Catwalk: A long flat path that cuts across the mountain. The Embodiment of hell for snowboarders.
Run: a part of the mountain that has, usually, been cleared of obstacles such as trees and large rocks. Also named and given a colored symbol to show the level of difficulty.
Rope: usually refers to the boundaries of the ski area, shown with a rope fence
“Duck The Rope”: Fo duck underneath the boundary rope and go outside of the ski area. This could result in Ski patrol taking away your lift pass. Don’t do this, it is dangerous and against the rules of many ski areas.
Black/Blue/Green: short for Black Diamond, Blue Square, and Green Circle, respectively,which communicate the level of challenge associated with each run.
Ski School: A large pack of small children that follow their leader/instructor down the slope in a single file line. Be very wary of the ones that stray from the path, they are individualists or out of control, both are to be feared. Ski School can also be used as daycare.
Lift: An elevated cable that carries skiers from the bottom of the mountain to the top. Skiers sit in hanging chairs attached to the cable. Jumping off is Illegal and unrecommended.
Tower: A big stick of metal that hold up the ski lift. If said the same way one says “Watch out!” you might be about to ski into one.
House: The building at either end of a ski lift that houses a mechanism to cycle lift chairs and gondolas. Might also refer to a residential dwelling.
Carrot/T-Bar: A type of chair lift. Instead of lifting the skier off the ground, one holds onto a “carrot” or sits on a T-Bar–similar to a rope swing with a platform on the end– and is dragged up a small slope with their skis still touching the ground. These were used before the chair lifts became commonality, and are still used at smaller resorts and less accessible locations.
Magic Carpet: A carpeted conveyor belt that one skis onto, then waits until they reach the top. Magic Carpets are usually used for beginning Skiers on smaller slopes. They are usually overrun by Ski School groups.
Terrain Park: A location on the mountain with special features, varying in size and difficulty, used for jumps and tricks.
Rail: an elevated pole, horizontal to the ground, that one can ski across.
Box: A slick flat surface that one can glide across. They can be made of multiple segments and have many types of shapes, specific terms apply.
Jump: An angular pile of snow, interrupting the downhill movement by causing the skier to travel upwards suddenly. The purpose is to redirect the athlete into the air.
180: Turning around, but fancy.
360: Turning around, then realising you're going backwards so you turn back around. But fancy.
120, 90, 60, 25: Failed attempts at a 180 or 360, but you can't admit it like an a**hole or you crashed and can laugh at yourself like a decent human being.
To “Get Air”: is when one goes off a jump, and travels high or far through the air, usually as to say they got more air than someone else.
Snow Snake: An unmoving root or rock that caused you to fall or loose a ski. Referred to as a snake because “that thing came out of nowhere”. Commonly used to save face in front of really fancy skiers.
Yard sale: When you have a crash that results in two or more items of equipment– usually skis and poles, but sometimes gloves and boots– becoming no longer attached to your person. Called yard sale because the aftermath usually resembles a yard sale, with stuff scattered all over the slope.
Tree: Refers to a large carbon based life form, commonly Populus tremuloides, Pinus ponderosa, and Pinus contorta. If said the same way one says “Watch out!” you might be about to ski into one.